President Donald Trump joined many of the nation’s top legal luminaries Thursday to mark one of his administration’s most notable achievements: the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
The president and first lady Melania Trump made the trip to the high court for the brief and highly formal investiture of Gorsuch, who was officially sworn in on April 10 and has been sitting on the court since.
The first couple entered the ornate chamber moments before the ceremony began. They sat to the side of the courtroom, in an area typically occupied by former Supreme Court justices and their family members. The only retired justice on hand Thursday was John Paul Stevens, now 97.
With Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveling in Europe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein presented Gorsuch’s official commission to the court.
“The commission has been duly signed by the president of the United States and duly signed by the attorney general of the United States,” Rosenstein announced to the justices.
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President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered more money and a bigger role for private companies in designing apprenticeship programs meant to fill some of the 6 million open jobs in the U.S.
Trump signed an executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-and-earn programs under a grant system called ApprenticeshipUSA. The money would come from existing job training programs. The executive order would leave it to industry to design apprenticeships under broad standards to be set by the Labor Department.
“We’re training people to have great jobs and high paying jobs,” Trump said at a White House ceremony. “We’re here today to celebrate the dignity of work and the greatness of the American worker.” Continue reading “Thur, June 15, 2017: Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships and Workforce of Tomorrow”
President Trump shared a videotaped message for those participating in the Congressional Baseball Game, which took place a day after a gunman opened fire on Republicans at practice.
“By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy,” Trump said in his remarks released Thursday night. “The game will go on.”
The president also said that he would pray for those who were injured in the shooting, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. He thanked emergency responders for their assistance.
“And so on this special night, I leave you with three great American words that for generations have torn down barriers, built bridges of unity and defied those who have sought to pull us apart,” Trump concluded. “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s play ball.”
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In the morning, the president will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
He will then drop by the Governors and Workforce of Tomorrow roundtable.
Later in the morning, President Trump will give remarks on the Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives and will sign an Executive Order.
The apprenticeship had been scheduled for Wednesday but was pushed back after the shooting in Alexandria.
It is expected that the executive order will shift oversight of the apprenticeship program away from the Department of Labor.
In the afternoon, he will be joined by Melania and the two of them will head over to the United States Supreme Court where they will participate in the Investiture Ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch.